Cover Reveal for the Countess of the Revolution

I’m so in love with this stunning cover for my new book and thrilled to finally be able to share it with you! The Countess of the Revolution is going to be published in ebook in September, with paperback edition coming to bookstores in December.

I’ve been fascinated with the Russian Revolution since I was a child. Growing up hearing about my great-grandparents and their lives during the revolution, I always knew I wanted to write this book. The Countess of the Revolution is a very personal story with a lot of family history. This book means the world to me and I can’t wait to see it out there.

Thank you HarperCollins for my beautiful cover.

Russia, 1917

Petrograd is on the eve of revolution. For Countess Sophia Orlova, the city of her childhood – the only home she has ever known – has become her deadly enemy. The mob are ready to get rid of anyone connected to the old regime, including Sophia.

When rebels threaten to shoot Sophia and her husband, they are saved by Nikolai, a fervent supporter of the revolution. Determined to help Nikolai’s cause, Sophia sets up a hospital wing in the house, nursing injured victims by his side.

Her kindness has captured Nikolai’s heart, but their burgeoning romance is forbidden. With battle lines drawn between the new and the old, both their lives are in danger…

Will their love be strong enough to overcome the horrors of war?

From the bestselling author of Sisters of War comes a heart-wrenching novel of lovers trapped on the opposite sides of a terrifying political conflict, loss, and sacrifice.

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Two More Books with HQ

I have two more books coming out with HQ and I’m absolutely delighted. It’s a dream come true to be working with HarperCollins and Trident on my next projects. Brothers of the Revolution will be published in June 2022 and another World War II novel the following year. Thank you Mark Gottlieb and Belinda Toor for making it all happen!

Daughters of the Resistance is USA Today Bestseller

Daughters of the Resistance made the USA Today bestseller list a couple of weeks ago and I am completely over the moon! This book means so much to me and I’m so excited for more readers to discover it. Like many Russians, I grew up hearing about the war from my grandparents. These stories are in our blood, they are part of our national identity, part of who we are. When I was a child, my grandmother often talked about her father and sister who joined a partisan battalion at the start of the war and what it was like for them. In Daughters of the Resistance, I tried to capture these memories and show the hardships people like my grandparents faced at the time, and that’s what makes this book so personal for me. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy. I hope you enjoy it!

My Top Five Writing Tips

On my publisher’s blog this week, I talk about my passion for historical fiction and share a few insights into how I write my books.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with historical fiction. As a child, I always had my nose in a book, even when I was supposed to be doing something else, like homework. The Count of Monte Cristo was my number one favourite, with its dark themes of revenge and ultimate forgiveness. The Three Musketeers was a close second, with its astonishing friendship and swashbuckling adventures. Dumas has an incredible ability to transport you back in time and capture your imagination and I couldn’t get enough. When I was a little older, I discovered one of his lesser known novels, The Companions of Jehu, and it led to an obsession with Napoleonic history that lasted a lifetime, and a university degree. At university, I realised there was only one thing better than reading historical fiction, and that’s writing it.

Every writer is different and what works for one person might not work for others, but here are five tips that always help me when I’m writing.

Cover Reveal for Daughters of the Resistance

I am absolutely thrilled to share the cover for my new book, Daughters of the Resistance, coming to Kindle in April and bookstores in September. Huge thanks to the fantastic team at HarperCollins UK for this beautiful and atmospheric cover, I think it captures what the novel is all about perfectly.

Out of all the books I’ve written, Daughters of the Resistance is definitely my favourite. It’s a story of war and partisan battalions, of love, difficult choices and sacrifice, inspired by my grandmother’s memories. For those who have read Sisters of War, this story is told from the point of view of the other sister, Lisa. Can’t wait to see the book out there soon!

Ukraine, 1943

On a train from Ukraine to Germany, Lisa Smirnova is terrified for her life. The train is under Nazi command, heading for one of Hitler’s rumoured labour camps. As she is taken away from everything she holds dear, Lisa wonders if she will ever see her family again.

In Nazi-occupied Kiev, Irina Antonova knows she could be arrested at any moment. Trapped in a job registering the endless deaths of the people of Kiev, she risks her life every day by secretly helping her neighbours, while her husband has joined the Soviet partisans, who are carrying out life-threatening work to frustrate the German efforts.

When Lisa’s train is intercepted by the partisans, Irina’s husband among them, these women’s lives will take an unimaginable turn. As Irina fights to protect her family and Lisa is forced to confront the horrors of war, together they must make an impossible decision: what would they be willing to lose to save the people they love?

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Sisters of War is USA Today Bestseller

Sisters of War is on the USA Today bestseller list and I’m still pinching myself because it feels like a dream. Thank you HarperCollins UK and all the readers out there who bought the book. I can’t wait to see Sisters of War in bookstores around the English-speaking world later this year.

It was my childhood dream to see my books in bookstores but I never thought it would happen. When I moved to Australia as a teenager, I didn’t speak much English. And when I was brave enough to write in English and finished my first book, like most authors I received rejection after rejection from agents and publishers. There were times when I promised myself I would never write again but I continued because I loved it. After years of writing and trying to get my book published, to finally hold my copy in my hands was an incredible feeling!

Sisters of War

The Story of Us had a make-over and I couldn’t be more excited! It has a new title (Sisters of War) and a brand new cover. I’m so in love with the new concept for the book, I think it suits the plot and the atmosphere of the novel perfectly. I hope you like it too!

In other news, Her Perfect Lies was in the top 50 in Kindle store on Amazon US and number 1 in all its categories this month! It’s a first for me and I’m so grateful to the lovely team at HarperCollins UK who made this possible and to all my wonderful readers who downloaded the book. Thank you!

SBS Radio

I had a fantastic time on SBS radio, talking books, publishing, my writing process and inspiration, and what it’s like for new authors out there. Thank you SBS Australia for inviting me!

My journey to publication was a long and difficult one. When I finished my first book, I thought all the hard work was behind me. Little did I know, the hardest part was still to come. If you speak Russian, you can listen to my story here.

Cover Reveal for Her Perfect Lies

My second novel is going to be published in November and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve been working on this book on and off for years, writing, re-writing, deleting everything and starting from scratch. Over the years it’s changed titles, main characters and even genres. It started as a short story, hurriedly scribbled on a boarding pass during a holiday in Grenoble and later appearing in Spark anthology. A couple of years later it became a romance novel and then a romantic suspense novel. Finally, it transformed into a psychological thriller.

This book is dark, sinister, and scared me at times as I was writing it. Because it’s a departure from my usual genre of historical fiction, it will be released under a different pen name.

Thank you HQ Digital and HarperCollins UK for making my dream come true and for this fantastic cover.

She can’t trust anyone. Even herself…

When Claire Wright wakes in hospital, she doesn’t recognise the person staring back at her in the mirror. She’s told that she has the perfect life: she’s beautiful, famous, with a husband and a house to die for.

But Claire can’t remember anything from before the devastating car crash that’s left her injured. And now she’s surrounded by strangers, saying they’re her family and friends.

As Claire discovers the person she used to be she must also unravel the mystery that surrounds the accident. But the more Claire uncovers, the more she will be forced to face up to the dark secrets from her life before…

What readers are saying about Her Perfect Lies:

‘Awesome psychological thriller with edge of your seat suspense. If you’re planning to read only one psychological thriller this year then make it Her Perfect Lies!’

‘Unpredictable and full of suspense, this engrossed me from page one.’‘Suspenseful and full of mystery!’

‘WOW! I didn’t see that coming! So many twists and turns; I couldn’t put the book down!’‘An entertaining and gripping book that kept me on the edge till the end.’

‘Loads of mystery, twists and turns and filled with suspense!’

‘This book caught hold of me and had me hooked from the start. I was literally on the edge of my seat reading this book!’

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Historical Novel Society and The Story of Us

I am thrilled to be featured in Historical Novel Society Magazine’s New Voices column this month, and in such wonderful company.

I attended a writing conference organised by the Historical Novel Society in London in 2014 and it was absolutely fantastic. I got to pitch an early draft of The Story of Us to two amazing agents and received personal and insightful feedback. I also enjoyed meeting some of my favourite authors and hearing about their writing process. I still remember Conn Iggulden’s keynote speech, which inspired not only my writing but also my quest for publication. Knowing that others had faced rejection and still made it to the top was incredibly encouraging. Every time another rejection letter landed in my inbox and I wanted to give up, I thought of Conn’s words and kept going. Now that The Story of Us is finally out there for readers to enjoy and I’m working on my next two books, I’m so glad I never stopped trying. Thank you so much Historical Novel Society for this wonderful experience and for featuring me in your column!